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Child Bride

Hany Armanius

Hany Armanious, Adam Boyd, Robert Pulie, Tony Schwensen, John Spiteri, Mary Teague

4 May - 30 May 1997

Curated by Hany Armanious


We invite Sydney artist Hany Armanious to curate the first exhibition for the new K Road space. As 'acting curator', Armanious says his exhibition's title—Child Bride—indicates 'a premature contract between an established force and an innocent'. The show is as much about Armanious's resistance to curating as it is a curated show. His own work is a mobile: two comic traffic-light figures, suspended from the ceiling, are constantly on the move; one figure points to itself, the other gestures outwards to the walls on which the other artists' works hang. These directorial Stop/Go figures might be read as referring to the curator as gatekeeper, stage manager, controller. Tony Schwensen shows polaroids documenting his unsuccessful attempt to consume a six-foot Subway sandwich in the nude and Tony-Tuckson-inspired abstracts. John Spiteri's Fifi painting owes something to Raoul Dufy and the mannerism of 1960s cartoons. His video Night Life conducts a trip through details in another of his paintings, its soundtrack revealing conversations behind the scenes. In his video Headland, Adam Boyd flies over a microchip city. Robert Pulie paints the many faces of a fish tank. Mary Teague shows snaps of a pretend horror holiday.

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